Our current situation: We currently live in suburban coastal California with my father-in-law. We will be moving to the Midwest at the beginning of the year. My husband is a Merchant Mariner and goes out to sea for three months at a time. We couldn't make it out here in CA because of COL and we do not agree with the tone of family life here
Background: My husband grew up in CA so he wanted to give it a chance. I grew up in the Midwest in the country, my grandfather was a crop farmer. I know enough to get myself in trouble.
Decision: We want to create a stable home life for out children and I want to be able to keep food on the table when my husband can't get out to sea for a few months. (That has crippled us here- he makes good money, but only when he is out. When he is home no income is coming in and we a crushed). Having a homestead will weather us through those downtimes.
Timeline: We are moving to my home state where I have lots of family (some who are farmers). We have two years before we can purchase a home/land (due to a bankruptsy from medical bills filled this year).
Preparing: So that is great news because it gives us two years to prepare and learn skills. I have already geared up my from scratch cooking. I am watching YouTube videos and have stacks of books on the subject.
What are other tangible things/ideas/skills I should be learning while stuck in a CA suburban hell that won't let you change your own oil in your driveway without proper permitting?